The Lord of the Rings had one of the most intimidating productions in movie history.
Because nothing of this magnitude had ever been attempted, few of them had confidence in the project. Surprisingly, director Peter Jackson managed to create one of the most famous trilogies of all time.
All three films have generated billions of dollars, helped the fantasy genre go mainstream, and did JRR Tolkien’s book justice. (I mean, her son, Christopher Tolkien, hated movies but let’s not get into that.)
The Lord of the Rings has also catapulted many acting careers, turning emerging artists like Orlando Bloom and Andy Serkis into instant Hollywood stars. Therefore, it’s only natural that if you liked Andy Serkis’ groundbreaking performance as Gollum or the perfect portrayal of Christopher Lee as Saruman, you’ll probably want to check out some of their other work.
But be warned. You should never watch a movie just because there is an actor you admire. It doesn’t matter how talented a performer is. At one point or another, the most gifted stars have found themselves in real stinkers. If you still want to watch these movies, don’t pretend we didn’t warn you.
Okay, Anaconda was a bad movie, but at least Jon Voight’s absurd performance made the movie watchable.
Even though the first entry set the bar unrealistically high, the sequels are somehow worse, especially Anaconda 3: Offspring. The plot centers on an industrialist, played by Jonathan Rhys-Davies, who funds a secret snake experiment that could cure terminal illnesses in humans. This experience leads to the growth of an anaconda to monstrous size until it bursts out of the facility and wreaks havoc in the area.
Now, if you’ve been expecting a ghastly plot, cheesy dialogue, and boring characters, this is it. But since this useless sequel came out 11 years after the original, you’d expect the special effects to be a bit better, right?
Well, somehow they’re worse than the first movie (even though CGI was in its infancy at the time). Watching Jonathan Rhys-Davies scream in terror upon seeing the terribly rendered serpent is hilarious.
Sadly, you can’t feel bad for the Welsh-born actor for starring in such a dud since taking over the role in the equally terrible sequel, Anaconda: Trail of Blood.